Today we have a new P/P post, featuring two prints of apple trees, one by 20th century artist Albert W. Barker and one by contemporary artist Gerald Scheck. Scheck is a painter, sculptor and master printmaker, working with the traditional technique of intaglio & mezzotint. His etchings, engravings and drypoints of trees and wooded areas convey a mysterious feeling that goes beyond realism, thanks to his subtle monochromatic tones. He turns his own backyard, in the Catskill Mountains, into delicate tonalities and mysterious landscapes. Albert Barker was inspired by his surroundings as well, with many of his images coming from his own home in Rose Valley. His works also explored rural Pennsylvania, capturing the craftsmen and laborers working in the area. Barker became interested in printmaking in the early 1920s- first trying his hand at etching, but he was not happy with the technique. In 1926, he began collecting nineteenth-century French lithographs and producing his own. Lithography suited his quick drawing style and he produced a number of remarkable images, and he went on to write essays and books on the medium and technique.
Image on Left: Wild Apple by Albert W. Barker. Lithograph, 1930.
Image on Right: Bagnell’s Apple by Gerald Scheck. Drypoint, 2003.